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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is suing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over its alleged role in the opioid crisis that has claimed more than 26,300 lives in the Commonwealth since 1997.  

The suit follows similar legal efforts by New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois and other states against Purdue for its role in the public health crisis deemed a “disaster emergency” by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

Shapiro begins the scathing, 121-page document by asserting, “Purdue created the opioid epidemic that is killing Pennsylvanians.”

“Purdue created the market for chronic use of opioids in Pennsylvania through a relentless campaign of deception,” the document states in the first of six allegations against the Stamford, Connecticut-based company.

Other allegations include:

  • Purdue promoted opioids to treat chronic pain despite no scientific evidence supporting long-term opioid use.
  • Purdue “deceptively marketed its abuse deterrence formulation in Pennsylvania.”
  • The company failed to report suspicious prescribing by doctors.
  • Purdue “targeted top prescribers in Pennsylvania even when they wrote illegal or suspicious prescriptions, came under criminal investigation and their patients died.”
  • “Purdue’s deception fueled the opioid epidemic and harmed Pennsylvania and its residents.”

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

Read the lawsuit below: